Singapore was proclaimed a City of the British Commonwealth by a royal charter on 22 September 1951, pictures above. The charter was issued by King George VI and it noted that the elevation of Singapore from a town to a city would provide the colony with a new set of liberties, privileges and immunities.




Like all other buildings, the Singapore Conference Hall suffered the inevitable wear and tear and underwent retrofitting and renovation works in September 1999. Although the external facet of the building has remained unchanged, thus retaining its significance in history and time, the interior design has changed to have a more modern feel and is better equipped to accommodate most types of events. Reopened two years later on 22 September 2001 at a cost of $14.7 million dollars by then-Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, it is now home to the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, the national Chinese Orchestra in Singapore. It is the orchestra’s permanent venue for rehearsals and performances. Entrusted with the management of the building, the Singapore Chinese Orchestra hopes to enlarge the Singapore Conference Hall’s role as a venue provider while remaining active in both the political as well as the arts scene.


Singapore and Qatar signed a protocol on 22 September 2009 to incorporate the new internationally agreed Standard for the exchange of information upon request for tax purposes in their standing Agreement for the avoidance of double taxation (DTA).